Last night, after dinner at friends’ in Seminyak, I ordered a GRAB taxi to bring me home to Ubud. GRAB is similar to Uber and the other ride-share apps. I waited by the road, comparing the license number that appeared on the app with those of approaching cars. Bingo. Here he was. I opened the door, slid into the front seat with my 2 bags and pulled the side lever so I could recline for the 1 hour+ ride home.
When I ordered the cab, I’d noticed that the driver’s name was Ngurah. There were initials before his name, but I suppose I was too distracted to pay much attention.
Of course, had I read those two letters, side by side, more carefully, I might have posed a question that only came up about halfway home: A.A. For the uninitiated, those letters stand for Anak Agung. Shorthand for “I am a member of the royal family.”
Which is how I found myself, late one September night, being driven home by a twenty-something prince from the Denpasar royal family.
How surprising is that?!
(NOTE: Photo is for illustration purposes; it wasn’t my driver!)